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Fake news hinders help for flood victims in RS

Solidarity from all over Brazil to support communities affected by the floods in Rio Grande do Sul encounters misinformation on social media. The circulation of false information about reinforcements to help victims of the tragedy that confuses and brings insecurity at a time when the population needs it most. See what is fake:

Donations are tax free

“The information that is being withheld by donations for tax collection ”, warns Artur Lemos, Chief Secretary of Civil Defense of Rio Grande do Sul. Donations intended for those affected by the intense rains that hit the state are exempt from taxation.

As stated in Decree 37,699/1997 of the State Government of Rio Grande do Sul, which establishes the regulation of the Tax on Circulation of Goods and Services (ICMS) in RS, donations to government and assistance entities that provide support to victims of public calamities are exempt. tax in that state.

There is no inspection action that prevents the transportation of donations for the municipalities affected by the rains in Rio Grande do Sul, explained the Secretary of State for Finance of Santa Catarina. In a note, the agency informs that there are no fixed inspection posts in Santa Catarina and there is no ongoing action on the borders with the state of Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná.

Vehicles transporting donations have free passage and immediate release to reach the population.

No donation invoice is required

Information has spread on social media that security agencies are demanding a final note on donations being transported across the state — which is fake.

The Military Brigade of Rio Grande do Sul reinforced that is not carrying out inspections on vessels, is not collecting invoices or preventing the circulation of food . The Federal Highway Police (PRF) also informs that it is not blocking the transit of vehicles with donations due to lack of invoice.

Rescue support vehicles are not being fined

Law 4,599/23 modified the Brazilian Traffic Code (CTB) and removed the possibility that emergency vehicles could be fined. As per the change, there is no traffic, stopping or parking violation relating to vehicles used for fire and rescue assistance .

The modification also applies to police, inspection, traffic operation and ambulance vehicles, even if unidentified, in rescue operations. In this sense, the government of Rio Grande do Sul reinforces that vehicles used to support rescues are not being fined.

There is no collection of jet skis and boats for those who do not have a license

The government still claims that A license is not required to operate boats and watercraft in these operations and the PRF informed, in a note, that it is not collecting trailers of watercraft due to the owner's lack of qualifications.

Money donated by official Pix does not go to the government fund

The government of Rio Grande do Sul reactivated the donation channel for the SOS Rio Grande do Sul account via Pix key (CNPJ: 92.958.800/0001-38), for cash contributions to flood victims.

The money donated is linked to the bank account opened by Banrisul, the state bank, and the management and supervision of the resources are the responsibility of a Management Committee, chaired by the Civil House Secretariat and made up of representatives from government bodies and social entities. The movement of resources is subject to audit and supervision by the public authorities .

“The resources will be fully used for humanitarian support for flood victims and for the reconstruction of the cities’ infrastructure”, reinforces the government of Rio Grande do Sul.

Helicopters are not being prevented from helping with rescues

Misinformation is circulating that there are no military aircraft involved in the rescues in Rio Grande do Sul and that private aircraft were prevented from taking part in the humanitarian effort.

Operation Taquari 2, coordinated by the Armed Forces, rescued 46 thousand people through the work of 15 thousand military personnel, police officers and agents, until Monday (06). Around 42 aircraft, 243 vessels and 2,500 vehicles and engineering equipment are involved in humanitarian efforts.

Private aviation companies and private aircraft are also assisting in rescues , according to the Federal Government. Provided that without remuneration, private, agricultural and air taxi operators, flying clubs and Civil Aviation Instruction Centers (CIAC) may assist in the transport of teams and supplies.

Federal Government did not sponsor Madonna's concert in Rio

On social media, false information went viral that singer Madonna's concert in Rio de Janeiro was sponsored by the Federal Government, amid the calamity in Rio Grande do Sul.

In a note, the government clarifies that the artist's sponsors are Banco Itaú, the company Heineken, in addition to support from the City Hall and the Government of Rio de Janeiro.

Source: CNN Brasil

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